Award-winning apprentice James Green says he hopes his own inspirational story will encourage others to overcome barriers and invest in their futures by undertaking an apprenticeship.

James, from Waterlooville near Portsmouth, is set to become a qualified gas engineer with Liberty Group, but had a tough journey when it came to starting his career.

The 19-year old was born with a club foot and has had to undergo correctional surgery for this over the years, including an operation in 2017 which meant he had to take four months off from his apprenticeship.

Despite this James still successfully completed his qualification. He was awarded the Apprentice of the Year Award 2017 from Steve Willis Training after being nominated by his lecturers for his hard work and determination.

James started his apprenticeship two and a half years ago and is looking forward to completing it later this month (March 2018).

He said: “I have learned so many new skills through my apprenticeship and everyone at Liberty has offered really good support, it’s a great team to work with.

“I always wanted to do something practical and get a job at the end of it, and my apprenticeship gives me the chance to build my career. If I wasn’t doing this I think I’d probably be stuck studying something else at college that I didn’t really enjoy.

“I’d say to anyone else considering an apprenticeship to go for it, the hard work is definitely worth it!”

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